According to the good folks at Pro Football Talk, the National Football League had to step in and mandate that a team travel to play the Vikings in a pre-season game at the Metrodome this season.
It has not yet been revealed who that team was. . .the NFL schedule generally gets revealed the week of the draft, if my memory serves me correctly. . .but here's what Lester Bagley, the Vikings' Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development, had to say about the matter on PFT Live.
"We couldn’t even get a preseason game scheduled this year," Bagley said. "We could not get a partner and the league had to step in and help us get a preseason game scheduled because of that facility. . . . [T]he facility is no longer viable and we’ve got to resolve the issue."
Can't say I blame them, really. . .would you want to take your team to a building where the freaking roof just collapsed and the repairs are scheduled to be completed a few days before football is supposed to be played there?
Does anyone still doubt that a stadium needs to get done in Minnesota?